If you are arrested for a moving violation in Missouri, a traffic ticket or a fine may be the least of your problems. Most moving violations come with points that will show up on your driving record. These points can take a serious toll on the status of your license.
The less points you accrue, the better. Ideally, you should have zero.
In the event of a moving violation, you will receive a designated number of points. If you have received 4 points within 12 months, you will be sent a point accumulation advisory letter by the MO Department of Revenue (DOR).
If you have reached a certain number of points within a certain time, you will face additional consequences.
Your license will be suspended if you receive 8 points or more within 18 months.
Your license can be revoked for 1 year if you receive:
It is possible for some of these points to be reduced over time, however, depending on the nature of the violation, some violations may remain on your driving recorded indefinitely.
Generally speaking, MO moving violations will remain on your driving record for 3 years at the very least, and that’s after you’ve paid your MO traffic ticket. In more serious cases, moving violations may remain on your record for even longer.
The severity of your violation determines how many points you receive.
Common Violations: These typically involve a low amount of points, and these may also be contingent on the number of violations committed. Some of the less serious violations may carry:
Severe Violations: These involve another schedule in accordance with The Missouri DOR, and can become much more severe after subsequent offenses. These offenses can include:
Moving violations committed by commercial motor vehicle drivers may result in additional consequences.
Over time, your points will be reduced in phases by the MO Department of Revenue. For every year you go without receiving any moving violations, points will be removed.
Taking a MO Driver Involvement Program may accelerate the process. To verify whether taking one of these programs can reduce the total number of points on your license, contact the Missouri DOR.
As stated above, certain violations may remain on your driving record indefinitely, even if your points have been reduced to zero.